You may have noticed a few ladybugs on this website and may or may not have wondered, why are they there? Well, there's a story behind that. In college, my roommate (and best friend) and I were inundated with ladybugs to our third story dorm room one autumn, because they were attracted to our halogen lamp. We soon declared the ladybug our mascot. Ladybugs are symbols of good fortune and beauty, two things we can all appreciate--and perhaps want more of--in life. Of course, on this site, they are also appropriately sitting atop waves of grain.
My hope for everyone today is that you take time to notice and appreciate the little things around you. The fluttering of a butterfly, a crawling ladybug, the song of a bird, the laughter of a child...whatever it is you notice in your environment that brings a tiny smile to your face. Stop, listen, watch, and breathe deeply, if only for a moment or two. We so often miss these things in our hectic, over-scheduled lives, and I am no exception. But when we stop and focus on the simple joys and beauty in our surroundings, it has a grounding effect that can help to alleviate stress by shifting our focus. Like a mini mental vacation. Give it a try.
Happy Flag Day!